Oakham leapfrog visitors after victory; Sports stretch lead at the top
Devastating bowling displays from Tom Hynes and Danny Dumford inspired Uppingham to a superb Leicestershire League Premier Division victory on Saturday.
The duo both bagged four-wicket hauls to help skittle visiting Kegworth for 56 as Town raced to a seven-wicket win in rapid fashion.
The visitors had just three runs on the board when Hynes made the first breakthrough to dismiss Brent Williams.
Alex Ashwin then got in on the act to have Adams Meads caught by Danny Dumford which left Kegworth on 8-2.
Hynes then struck three more times in quick succession to leave Kegworth reeling on 27-5 against their relegation-threatened hosts.
Albert Grieve (19) briefly offered some resistance, but that was soon ended when Danny Dumford was brought into the Town attack.
Having seen Mark Cox claim the wicket of Jordan Holmes, Danny Dumford then took out the remaining four Kegworth batsmen as the quartet produced some eight runs.
Danny Dumford delivered 4-8 from five overs after Hynes' initial burst of 4-27 from eight overs.
Uppingham's reply got off to a worst start than their visitors with Jamie Dumford and Nick Green both being dismissed without scoring.
However, Ben Farnsworth and Sam Hodson put on 35 runs for the third wicket until the latter became Alex Fletcher's third wicket after making 21.
Farnsworth though joined forces with Cox to hit an unbeaten 31 which included four fours and two sixes as Town raced to victory inside nine overs.
Oakham leapfrogged visiting Earl Shilton after a seven-wicket win in their Division One clash at the Lime Kilns.
Shaun Morris, Charlie Baker and Ed Tattersall all claimed two wickets apieice for Oakham as Earl Shilton were shot out for 207.
The visitors had made a solid start through Ethan Hawkins (22), Giles Holmes (43), Liam Phillips (51) and James Lester (21),
Hawkins and Holmes had put on 73 for the first wicket and they were well placed at 155-4 when Lester was run out by Tattersall.
However, they lost their last six wickets for 52 runs which gave Oakham an excellent chance of victory.
Despite the early departure of skipper Richard Martin with the score on five, Albert Radford (32) and Shyam Lakhani (57) put on 59 for the second wicket.
Lakhani led the way with 10 boundaries and then combined with Tattersall (57no) to put Oakham on the verge of victory. They put on 94 runs for the third wicket before Lakhani was bowled by Hawkins.
However, Tattersall thumped five fours and a six in his unbeaten 57 and combined with Morris' 15 not out to see Oakham to victory with more than seven overs to spare.
Unbeaten Ketton Sports are 46 points clear at the top of Division Four East after an emphatic nine-wicket win over Illston Abey on Saturday.
Three wickets apiece from Will Compton and Matt Bird plus braces from Joash Mathys and Zeeshan Manzoor helped dismiss their visitors for 159.
Sports then made light work of the run chase despite losing the prolific Peter Rowe for 17.
Ash Rodgers led the run chase with an unbeaten 88 while Manzoor was 44 not out at the close after Sports reached their target with more than half of their over allocation still remaining.
Their success was also boosted by closest rivals Queniborough losing for the second successive Saturday following a 57-run defeat at Kibworth 3rds.
Oakham 2nds went down to a three-wicket defeat at Leicester University Staff in Division Five East despite a five-star display from Ben Southern.
Southern claimed a fantastic 5-20 from nine overs as Oakham narrowly failed to defend their 131 all out.
Mark Worthington (35), Ollie Hubbard (26) and Oliver Drakard (19) had been the top scorers in the Oakham innings.
They looked well on their way to victory when Southern's super spell reduced their hosts to 13-5.
However, Azaz Badyha blasted six fours and four sixes in a match-winning 68 which allowed Kosser Patel to steer the hosts home with an unbeaten 30.
Uppingham 2nds made it a double-winning weekend for the Castle Hill club after they defeated Billesdon 2nds by 82 runs in Division Seven East.
Uppingham were bowled out for 204 by their hosts who could only manage 122 all out in their reply.